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  • Did you know it can take around 450 years for one plastic bottle to decompose?

    Good Morning Everyone!

    Did you know it can take around 450 years for one plastic bottle to decompose? [i]

    Earlier this week the BBC reported that ‘about 6.3bn tonnes of plastic waste had been generated globally by 2015, with almost 80% of it going to landfills or the natural environment.’ [ii]

    To help reduce the amount of waste produced a number of organisations have announced new plans which will limit single use plastic by reducing plastic drinking straw useage and redesigning packaging.[iii]

    Alongside these organisations, entrepreneurs are also leading the fight against waste, by re-imagining the way we view waste with their innovative start-up’s.

    Today we’d like to shine a spotlight on four members of the Shell LiveWIRE Alumni network with products and services that are helping reduce waste.

    Wonky Drinks is tapping into the growing acceptance of misshapen fruit and vegetables. The business model is simple: Wonky Drinks takes unwanted produce and transforms it into natural juices, which are then packaged into 330ml glass bottles or 5 litre boxes.

    Petit Pli, a London-based start-up, creates children’s clothing that expand as the child grows. The technology behind the idea is simple. The garments are pleated in such a way that they grow bi-directionally to custom fit a range of sizes. This means that, as the child grows – typically seven sizes in their first two years – their clothes expand in size to fit them, reducing the need to buy new clothes every few months.

    Aceleron, co-founded by Carlton Cummins and Dr. Amrit Chandan, is developing technology to transform end-of-life lithium batteries into safe, cost-effective energy storage applications like battery packs for wheelchairs or energy storage batteries for homes.

    Start-up Revive Eco transforms coffee ground waste into fertilisers and biomass pellets that can be used as a low carbon heating source. The model is simple. The Revive Eco team collects used coffee grounds from coffee shops across Scotland, which is then taken to their bio-refinery. Here, the natural bio-oils from the grounds are extracted, leaving a carbon-rich by-product.

    If you would like to find out more, take a look at the alumni page on our website!
    Last edited by Nicola Wood; 19-01-2018, 02:24 PM.
    Nicola Wood
    Project Assistant Social Media Lead (Shell LiveWIRE)

  • #2
    Following on from the above post, which of our alumni do you find most inspiring? Do you have an idea, like our alumni, to help reduce waste?
    Nicola Wood
    Project Assistant Social Media Lead (Shell LiveWIRE)


    • #3
      The environment is incredibly important to me and that ethos is funnelled into my handmade shop business too where I aim to be environmentally conscious. How many businesses have eco policies? I do
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      • #4
        450 years.. I really don't know.. Thanks for sharing this info Nicola Wood
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        • #5
          Thanks for sharing the info


          • #6
            In the UK we have one of the best sources of drinking water in the world, and that's from our taps! But we consume 13 billion plastic bottles a year...Any sustainability initiative should start with each one of us. Stop using plastic bottles in our daily life, stop using plastic straws. Once the consumers change, the corporates will have to change too!

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            • #7
              Now, I just understand why it takes that long to decompose - because petroleum-based plastics like PET don't decompose the same way organic material does. This kind of decomposition requires sunlight, not bacteria. When UV rays strike plastic, they break the bonds holding the long molecular chain together. Increasing waste volume is a major concern for mankind. The best way to deal with this problem is to avoid products that generate waste materials that take more than a year to decompose in landfills, through a proactive design for recycling.

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              • #8
                Hi everyone. I am new here. I have heard that. I also know that there is such an experiment and you can see how plastic bottle decompose in real-time


                • #9
                  Yeah, thats why we made some volunteers because our oceans are way polluted than what we are seeing now. Please help us to stop this "plastics"!


                  • #10
                    Thanks for sharing! I appreciate your help raising awareness on the harmful uses of plastic. That's why i use a reusable bottle.
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